USDA: Growers Gain Ground But Still Behind On Planting Progress

The weather has not been very cooperative once again during this past week, causing crop producers to scramble in an effort to catch-up after delays caused by an already cold and wet spring.

The USDA’s latest Crop Progress report, released on Tuesday, showed that 86% of corn and 44% of soybeans have now been planted.

Corn planting progress was able to gain some momentum this week, jumping by 15% points. It still puts this year’s crop behind the five-year average of 90%. Thirteen of the top 18 corn-producing states are within 15 percentage points of being done.

Just over half of the corn is emerged, compared to 19% last week. All states have reported significant advances in emerged corn. Most notably is Illinois and Colorado, where the percentages of emerged corn jumped by 52 and 43 points respectively.

Much of the focus is now on soybean planting. Forty-four percent of the soybeans are now planted, compared to 24% last week. Despite gains, the progress is still among the slowest in the last 17 years. Fourteen percent of crop has now emerged.

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